Deborah Levy
Post by Deborah Levy | 27 August 2014

Basingstoke, 27 August 2014 – Tech Data UK has signed a distribution agreement with Seal Shield and is looking to take the company’s range of waterproof and washable keyboards and infection-proof covers for tablets mobiles to a wider market.

Seal Shield is a world leader in infection control technology, specialising in washable electronics and antimicrobial science. The firm designs, develops and manufactures medical-grade infection prevention technology that can be used in hospitals, the home and the workplace. In addition to including waterproof keyboards, it offers a range of mice, TV remote controls and protection products for smart phones and tablets.

Research-based evidence has shown that computer keyboards and other input devices are a source of bacteria and cross-contamination that can contribute to the spread of infections in healthcare settings, schools and in communal environments. As a consequence, washable keyboards, mice, TV remotes and mobile products with antimicrobial product protection are becoming more widely used in the healthcare sector and with awareness of the need for infection control rising the workplace and the home, Tech Data sees promise in the wider public sector and in the consumer and business markets too.

Tech Data will take the Seal Shield range into new markets with new partners, said Simon Hughes, Category Manager for Components at the distributor. “Seal Shield has a growing presence in the healthcare market in the UK and that’s an opportunity that’s growing and we’ll be addressing through our dedicated Public Sector team. We also see great potential for Seal Shied products in education and in the consumer and business markets. Awareness of infection control is now much greater and both health-conscious employers and home users will be eager to learn more about washable accessories and covers. As well as resellers specialising in health and education, we will be looking to work with partners addressing retail and B2B.”

Bradley Whitchurch, Seal Shield President and CEO at Seal Shield, stated: “With growing concerns about antibiotic-resistant bugs and pandemics across the globe, there’s also a huge demand outside of US markets for medical-grade peripherals to help prevent infections due to cross-contamination. The distribution agreement with Tech Data UK increases access to our innovative products which benefits everyone.

With immediate effect Seal Shield’s comprehensive range of protective casings for Apple iPhone and iPad tablets, medical-grade mice, and keyboards that are waterproof and antimicrobial are available from Tech Data. Whitchurch added: “In addition to our waterproof keyboards that come in various form factors and languages. We manufacture hygienic mice, remotes and mobility products – all are fully submersible for deep cleaning and are protected with Silver Seal™, an antimicrobial, fungistatic additive which reduces the growth of mold, mildew and odor causing bacteria on the product’s surfaces. The combination of waterproof technology and antimicrobial product protection achieves the highest level of protection for our customers.”


Tech Data helps pursuit technology make use of SAP financing to secure important contract

Deborah Levy
Post by Deborah Levy | 26 August 2014

Basingstoke, 18 August 2014 – Tech Data UK has successfully assisted one of its reseller customers, accredited SAP partner, Pursuit Technology, to secure an important piece of business by making use of SAP’s financing scheme.

Located just outside York, Pursuit Technology has over 15 years experience in custom data and reporting solutions development on SAP Business Objects Enterprise, SAP Crystal Reports and supporting technologies. Most of the company’s business comes from consultancy and development work and when the requirement to supply 250 licenses for SAP Crystal Server presented itself, Pursuit was eager to help its customer, but needed to find a way to finance this major five-figure sale.

Andrew Baines, Director of Pursuit Technology explains: “The customer is a software developer that supplies schools, which meant that they would not be paid until September. We are relatively small and don’t do that many product sales, so financing the business was an issue. We looked at pushing it out until September, but that wasn’t possible.”

The software supplier needed to install its system and have Crystal Server fully integrated and stable before by the start of the autumn term. Whilst Tech Data could have extended credit to Pursuit, the reseller would have been in a vulnerable position had it passed on the credit to its own customer. Baines had seen email communications and spoken to Tech Data about SAP financing in the past and decided to explore this option.

Getting on board with the SAP financing scheme was easy, he says. “Tech Data simply put us in touch with the relevant people at SAP and after that it was pretty straightforward. There were some small blips but they were soon sorted and in the end the whole process took about two weeks. From our side, it was a doddle.”

With the business successfully financed through SAP, Pursuit was able to deliver the Crystal Server licenses and get paid right away. Its developer customer was able to deliver a fully integrated solution on time and the software company is able to spread the payments for the software over two-years.

The SAP financing is available to all SAP resellers and in many cases can be arranged at zero percent. For more information, resellers should contact Matt Cook, Business Development Manager for SAP at Tech Data – email


Tech Data encourages resellers to learn about auto enrolment with Sage

Deborah Levy
Post by Deborah Levy | 18 August 2014

Tech Data UK is helping and encouraging resellers to get themselves and their customers up to speed on the new rules governing the automatic enrolment of staff in pension schemes by taking a special Sage e-learning course on the subject.

Designed to help businesses understand the main steps that need to be taken, the course will help resellers and businesses get to grips with workplace pension reform and implementing auto enrolment in their business.

The online course can be taken anytime, anywhere – all that’s needed is access to a PC that’s connected to the Internet.

Course content:
• Introduction to Automatic Enrolment & Workplace Pensions
• When do you need to start
• The seven steps to prepare for Automatic Enrolment
• Postponements, reviews, opt outs and re-enrolment
• The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and keeping records
• Test your Automatic Enrolment knowledge with an online quiz
The course costs £40.00 plus VAT.

Tech Data offers Sage’s leading range of small business accounting and payroll solutions via TD Activate-here – its online electronic software distribution (ESD) service that makes it simple for SMB resellers, e-tailers and retailers to offer a full and up-to-date choice of top selling software packages to their customers.

The Sage Instant Accounts and Payroll, Sage 50 Payroll and Sage 50 Accounts ranges are all available on the popular system, which resellers and retailers can use to order software products for immediate download and activation by the customer.


This month’s Newsflash is now out!

Deborah Levy
Post by Deborah Levy | 13 August 2014

Top stories include:
- Tech Data UK is taking Lumia with Window’s Phone devices to Microsoft partners.
- Fujitsu strengthens its mobile hand with LIFEBOOK E5 series
-10 reasons why businesses are turning to Lumia
- Cisco and Microsoft to collaborate on the Cloud
-Nutanix places as ‘most visionary’ in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated System
Click the link to find out more on what is happening in the industry and read up on our leading stories.


Tech Data Expands its Accessories Range with Kanex Mobile Connectivity Solutions

Deborah Levy
Post by Deborah Levy | 12 August 2014

Tech Data has signed a distribution agreement with Kanex- the leading supplier of innovative mobile connectivity and power solution for Apple and many others.
From immediate effect they have added to the company’s comprehensive range of adapters, cables, accessories and power solutions.

Kanex has a reputation for offering well-designed, real-life solutions with quality, function and craftsmanship. The company is a committed player in consumer electronics and designs and develops innovative, productivity-enhancing solutions that consumers can use at home, on the go, at school, in the car and at work.
Kanex recently announced the launch of two new Thunderbolt adapters – a Thunderbolt-to-eSATA plus USB 3.0, and a Thunderbolt-to-Gigabit Ethernet plus USB 3.0. Another recent addition is the GoPower Pack™, which features two universal USB ports and will deliver multiple charges to Apple iPhones and other smartphones. It comes with a slide-out stand that makes it easy to use the phone while charging it up. Smart power management detects the voltage of each device to provide appropriate power output while high-efficiency circuitry decreases power waste.

Darren Tobin, International Sales Director for Kanex, stated:
“This agreement with Tech Data will give Kanex extended reach into the UK market and we’ll be working with the distributor to maximise availability and opportunities for retailers and webstores with Kanex solutions.”

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